Metropolitan Fire Protection Helps Drive Safety at Pace Bus Facilities

Elk Grove Village company selected to inspect, test, and maintain sprinkler systems for bus garages.

Chicago, February 15, 2017 —Metropolitan Fire Protection, Inc. (MFP) has been awarded a five-year contract to inspect, test, and maintain the fire sprinkler systems at 11 Pace bus terminal facilities in the Chicago metro area. The facilities, located throughout the six northeastern Illinois counties served by the public transportation and paratransit provider, range from Pace’s 30,000 square-foot paratransit facility in McHenry to its 176,000 square-foot South Division garage in Markham.

“Transportation facilities with a well-maintained fire sprinkler system have a huge advantage when it comes to safety,” said Matt Mueller, MFP inspection and maintenance manager. ”It’s important to fully understand the risks and the proper protocols in buildings where gasoline-powered vehicles are being stored and maintained. Our team of experienced NICET (National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies) certified inspectors have the specific expertise needed to keep both the people and the vehicles protected. We follow stringent procedures to ensure all equipment is up to code. And we have the rapid response capabilities to repair any issues quickly.”

At the 11 Pace garages, MFP will be conducting all quarterly, semi-annual, and annual sprinkler system inspections governed by state, municipal, and NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) codes, plus running monthly tests at five facilities equipped with fire pumps. The scope of work includes testing wet, dry, and deluge systems, as well as any hydrants located on the Pace premises. In addition, the company’s union sprinkler fitters are responsible for all repairs to the sprinkler systems during the contract period.

Chicago City Hall Outfitted with State-of-the-Art Sprinkler System

Metropolitan Fire Protection contracted to install fire protection in landmark building.

Chicago, January 30, 2017 —When Chicago’s City Hall was built in 1911, architects Holabird and Roche chose a soaring classical style for the 11-story building, with mosaics adorning the lobby’s vaulted ceilings and plenty of granite and marble. Now, crews from Metropolitan Fire Protection, Inc. (MFP) are seamlessly incorporating a shiny, new, 21st century sprinkler system into this enormous historic building.

Metropolitan Fire Protection was contracted by Kenny Construction (A Granite Company) to design and build the new system as mandated by a city ordinance calling for sprinklers in all commercial buildings. MFP’s engineers and installation crews are integrating the new equipment into the entire 500,000 sq. ft. building while its occupants—the offices of Chicago’s Mayor, City Clerk, City Treasurer, Aldermen, and several City Departments—remain fully operational and open to the public. When they are done, they will have installed miles of pipe and more than 5,000 new sprinkler heads.

“The task is, if you’ll excuse the pun, monumental,” said Brian Ferguson, MFP’s executive vice president. “In addition to the logistics of planning and scheduling the work around daily city business activities, a big part of the challenge is integrating the new sprinkler system into each area of City Hall while also preserving this important landmark’s classical style and features. Our crews are working round the clock, six days a week to make it happen and assure steady progress toward completion.”

Metropolitan Fire Protection Wins Bid for Sprinkler Retrofit at O’Hare

Huge H&R plant receiving upgraded fire suppression system.

Chicago, December 1, 2016 — Metropolitan Fire Protection, Inc. (MFP) has been awarded a contract by the Chicago Department of Aviation to retrofit the wet sprinkler system in the Heating & Refrigeration Plant at O’Hare International Airport. The project includes installing piping and more than 2,500 new sprinkler heads throughout the 150,000 sq. ft. building, located between Terminal 3 and Terminal 5.

“This is a challenging but exciting job for several reasons,” said Paul Turner, MFP president. “The steel-framed H&R building at O’Hare isn’t just huge; it also features 40-foot high ceilings and houses a complicated arrangement of large-scale heating and refrigeration equipment. That fact that the plant must remain completely operational throughout the retrofit process adds to the complexity of the project. But we have handled big projects at O’Hare before and know how to work around the day-to-day demands and logistics of one of the world’s busiest airports.”

MFP crews are expected to complete the project in February 2017.